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Silicon Valley on the Auction Block at The Tech Museum's Gizmo WYSIWYG 2002

Press Release Date 
Friday, March 1, 2002
Who says Silicon Valley is filled with a bunch of workaholics who don't know how to have fun? Get ready for a zany night of gadgets and thingamajigs at The Tech Museum of Innovation's Traveling Gizmo WYSIWYG Dinner and Auction, March 15, 2002, Sun Microsystems Santa Clara. It's wacky, it's irreverent, it's a night of fun, networking, and hundreds of unique gizmos, gadgets, widgets, techno-tours and trips! Over 500 Silicon Valleyites will gather, dressed as techies, mad scientists, and nerds, to bid as everything eclectic is put on the auction block. The festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails and silent auction of 130 high-tech items. At 8 p.m., dinner is served, by Paula LeDuc Fine Catering. Rob Slawinski, of the Slawinski Auction Co., will lead the live auction of 20 "only in Silicon Valley" items. The Sixth Annual Gizmo WYSIWYG benefits The Tech's ongoing educational programs. Last year's auction netted $270,000. Among this year's top auction items, a Private Box at a San Jose Sharks Game hosted by Scott McNealy, CEO of Sun Microsystems, and the San Jose Sharks, and a trip to New York to open The Nasdaq Stock Market and have lunch with Nasdaq Vice Chairman Al Berkeley. In addition to the auction, the evening will include the Golden Gizmo Award for Technological Genius. This year's recipient is Nolan Bushnell, founder of Atari and a pioneer of play technology. Past recipients include Doug Engelbart, inventor of the mouse, Steve Wozniak, personal computer pioneer, and Charlie Trimble, for consumer GPS technology. Other auction items include: Review your business plan with Venture Capitalist Alan Morgan of the Mayfield Fund or Steve Kirsch of Propel, or Garage Technology Ventures Night at the Lick Observatory stargazing with the pros Books signed by Andy Grove, Dave Barry, and Roy Disney Getaways to Cape Cod, Hawaii, Montana, Utah, and Tokyo Bicycle Jersey signed by Lance Armstrong, Steve Young autographed items, and a Roger Clemens baseball Bike trip to Canyonlands National Park Four Seasons resort package Behind the scenes tours at Monterey Bay Aquarium and MBARI Scott's Seafood Chowder Van for 250 of your closest friends Handspring TREO, Palm m505, Cassiopeia Pocket PC, and Intel MP3 player The annual event takes its name from "gizmo," a slang term for a technical device, and the computer phrase WYSIWYG, which stands for "What You See Is What You Get." This year's Gizmo WYSIWYG will be held at the Sun Microsystems Santa Clara Campus, 4001 Lafayette Street, Building 23, Santa Clara. Purchase tickets online at, or for more information call (408) 795-6315. Individual tickets are $150 or auction-goers may purchase "Silicon Sandbox," "PDA Playground," or "Techno Treehouse" tables from $2,500 to $7,500. Sponsors of this year's event are DaVinci Sponsors: Sun Microsystems, Ernst & Young. Copernicus Sponsor: Agilent Technologies. Kepler Sponsors: American Airlines, Propel, San Jose Mercury News, and The Nasdaq Stock Market. The Tech Museum of Innovation is a non-profit educational institution that engages people of all ages and backgrounds in exploring and experiencing the technologies affecting their lives and aims to inspire the innovator in everyone. It is located at 201 S. Market St. San Jose, CA 95113-2008. For general information, call (408) 294-TECH or visit